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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 20-22, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus

The Graduate (Embassy, 1967)

Thursday, July 20 (7:30 p.m.)
The Graduate (Embassy Pictures, 1967)
Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry concocted a funny and satirical look at a certain slice of Americana and the generation gap that pervaded the era of the 1960s. This coming-of-age story stars Dustin Hoffman as the clueless college graduate Benjamin Braddock, Anne Bancroft as the worldly Mrs. Robinson and Katharine Ross as her innocent daughter Elaine. The Graduate won the Academy Award for Best Director for Nichols and was nominated in six other categories. It was added to the National Film Registry in 1996.

Con Air (Buena Vista, 1997)

Friday, July 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Con Air (Buena Vista Pictures, 1997 – R rated*)
In this action crime thriller directed by Simon West, a group of dangerous inmates are transferred to a new super-maximum security facility. Parolee Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) hitches a ride on their Con Air transport flight only to find himself caught up in a mid-air hijacking masterminded by Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom (John Malkovich). U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin (John Cusack) must prevent the takeover and keep his overzealous superiors from blowing up the aircraft. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Saturday, July 22 (2 p.m.)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney, 1937)
Walt Disney’s groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs–the first American animated feature film and a warm and joyful rendition of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale–is still in a class by itself. In addition to winning an Honorary Academy Award as a “significant screen innovation, which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field,” the film was also nominated for best musical score. The animated classic was named to the National Film Registry in the Registry’s inaugural year, 1989.

Titanic (Paramount, 1997)

Saturday, July 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Titanic (Paramount Pictures, 1997)
A fictional romance between first class passenger Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and impoverished itinerant artist Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) is set on the 1912 ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S Titanic. The story is told in flashback by the 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) when she is taken to the site of the ship wreck by American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton). Director James Cameron and his crew shot the actual shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean in a series of high risk dives before he began writing the screenplay. This spectacular epic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful in history. Titanic garnered fourteen Academy Awards nominations, winning eleven including Best Picture and Best Director.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 6-8, 2017)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 6 (7:30 p.m.) Bonnie and Clyde (Warner Bros., 1967 – R rated*) Setting filmmaking and style trends that linger today, Bonnie and Clyde veered from comedy to social commentary to melodrama and caught audiences unaware, especially with its graphic and violent ending. Arthur […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 22 – 24, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 22 (7:30 p.m.) Copacabana (United Artists, 1947) Groucho Marx, in his first film without his brothers, stars as two-bit theatrical agent Lionel Q. Devereaux, whose overzealous promotion of his only client — fireball entertainer Carmen Novarro (Carmen Miranda) results in […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 27-29, 2017)

The following post is by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936) In one of her greatest roles, Carole Lombard sparkles as a dizzy but good-hearted heiress in Gregory LaCava’s comedic take and sometimes caustic commentary on the Great Depression. William Powell portrays Godfrey with knife-edged […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 6-8, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 6 (7:30 pm) The Fighting 69th (Warner Bros., 1940) Two years after they appeared together in “Angels with Dirty Faces” (1938), James Cagney and Pat O’Brien were again cast, respectively, as a cocky troublemaker and the clergyman who tries to […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (February 2-4, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, February 2 (7:30 p.m.) Beatlemania on American Bandstand (1964) This program will present a firsthand account of the effects that the Beatles had upon the youth of America in 1964, through performances culled from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.  Included is a compilation […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (January 26-29, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, January 26 (7:30 p.m.) Ball of Fire (RKO, 1941) When independent producer Samuel Goldwyn wanted to put together a top-notch film for his number one contract star Gary Cooper, he worked out a deal with Paramount to borrow their hottest screenwriting […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (January 20, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, January 20 (7:30 p.m.) Blackboard Jungle (MGM, 1955) Equally renowned for its gritty depiction of rebellious teenagers in an inner-city school and its theme song by Bill Haley and the Comets’, “Rock Around the Clock,” The Blackboard Jungle is a landmark […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (January 6-8, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, January 6 (7:30 p.m.) Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941) Directed by and starring Orson Welles, this film tells the life story of Charles Foster Kane (Welles), a newspaper tycoon who gains immense wealth at the expense of the ones he loves. The […]